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No Textile Left Behind: iKamper Apron and More, Made From Excess Tent Fabric

Are you an avid outdoor person and conservation aficionado who also has a penchant for wearing aprons and carrying heavy objects in nature? If so, then iKamper has the kit for you.

cutting fabric with patterns for apronsThe ReCovery Collection upcycles materials, keeping them out of the landfill; (photo/iKamper)
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What’s a great way to repurpose excess rooftop tent material? Making clothing and accessories to prepare you for a variety of backcountry butchery and other heavy-duty tool usages, iKamper says.

The “hardwearing camp products” include an apron and a tote bag, for all those moments you’ll need to go HAM with the hand tools and catch the resultant splatter. There’s also a rain poncho and firewood carrier — I’ll leave that instance of cognitive dissonance alone.

It’s called the ReCovery Collection, and in all seriousness, it’s an ingenious way to keep heavy-duty fabric out of the landfill. It’s all made with drops gathered from iKamper’s rooftop tent manufacturing floor. If not for pocketed aprons, various intensive-duty carriers, and rain gear, the scraps would be trash fodder.

They’re extras from the Skycamp 2.0. That isn’t iKamper’s latest model. But it’s a popular rig among its brand adherents. Fabrics include “ultra-dense poly-cotton canvas” and also “fully rainproof ripstop polyester.” (Intuitively, only the rain poncho gets the polyester.)

ikamper's recovery collection, studio images

The company said it pulled the excess material for its ReCovery collection from 365 tents, which would indicate the collection — at least in what it calls the “first” iteration — is finite in number.

Releasing the array in conjunction with Earth Day, iKamper envisions a “story” for the camping gear.

“By giving a second life to unused materials common to our renowned rooftop tent lines, we’re not only reducing waste but also creating unique and functional products that tell a story,” Erik Flink, director of marketing and e-commerce at iKamper, said in a press release. “We hope that our customers will join us in this journey towards a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.”

The ReCovery Collection is live now. MSRP ranges from $60 to $100.

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